SSC Features


  • The SSC land has been re-designed as a permaculture demonstration site.
  • Landscaping of native plants around the house, provided by Willamette Gardens.
  • Removal of nearly all invasive plants.
  • Lawn alternative seed mix around the house.
  • Raised beds and small demonstration organic garden behind the house.
  • Mulch from local hazelnut shells to prevent weed growth and promote water and nutrient retention.




Energy and Interiors:

  • Efficient lighting plan, which uses only tubular fluorescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
  • Low flow (1.6 gallons per flush) toilet.
  • Original refinished wood floors instead of mold-susceptible carpet.
  • Marmoleum (100% natural linoleum) in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Interior and exterior painted with low-VOC paint.



  • All kitchen scraps at the center are composted on site.
  • Food for events is either grown on site, organic, and/or purchased from the First Alternative Co-op, a local member-owned grocery.
  • Newly planted fruit trees will soon bear apples, cherries, and pears.
  • Annual vegetables in the gardens either used by the SSI or donated.



  • We use co-mingled and mixed-paper recycling bins and provide battery and cell phone receptacles.
  • Three composting systems on site: Earth Tub, Worm Wigwam, and Three-Bin System.
  • Students and community members who cannot compost at home are encouraged to bring kitchen scraps to the Earth Tub.
  • Ongoing collaboration with hydrophiles, and hydrological engineers on cmpus.
  • year long project designing and implementing a rain water catchment system.
  • Ban the Bottle campaign to reduce disposable water bottle use on campus. 


If you have ideas about how to reduce the ecological footprint of the SSC or create a stronger community here, please let us know!